French Onion Soup (and More):
January — And so far, our Winter has NOT been as brutally cold as last winter (remembering — Polar Vortex #1, #2, #3)! But, we’ve certainly had a bit of ‘normal’ mid-winter (below zero) cold. That means a fire in the fireplace, and a chance to enjoy a few favorite, tasty soups — In a few favorite SOUP BOWLS!
Above — Baked French Onion Soup in two Bowls. Striped Bowl made by Sam Taylor; Shino-glazed Bowl made by Guillermo Cuellar.
Above — Broccoli/Corn Chowder with Bacon Garnish in a Maasha Bowl (soda fired).
Above — A Creamy Mushroom Soup with Roasted Tomato Garnish in a very wood fired Bowl made by Zac Spates.
The Food — Baked French Onion Soup:
I used to make French Onion Soup quite often — I simply LOVE the cheesy topping with the onion-soup flavor.
After many years of non-indulgence, I felt the winter-urge to make a batch of Onion Soup. I chopped and sauteed several large onions (in lots of butter) — Then, to really infuse the flavors, roasted in the oven for an hour. Then, added the stock (both chicken and beef) to complete the actual ‘soup’. For serving (the FUN step), I dished into various Bowls, added some toasty bread, some grated Gruyere cheese — And baked in a moderate oven for a bit, till cheese was gooey/golden.
Oh! The onion-soup flavor!! The gooey baked cheese! Winter-wonderful in favorite Bowls (made by favorite Potters)!! Recipe included on my Recipes Page.
The Pottery — Two Bowls by Two Potters:
I prepared my Onion Soup in two cup-style Bowls, perfect for popping in the oven to melt the Cheese. The black-striped Bowl was made by Ceramic Artist Sam Taylor, of Massachusetts. Stoneware, wood fired, earthy/practical. I featured this Bowl in a previous winter-posting with a Cauliflower Soup.
The shino-glazed Bowl was made by Minnesota Potter, Guillermo Cuellar. And lucky me — I have a SET of these Bowls (Cups)! Perfect for more Onion Soup, or any other Soup, or even a Hot Cocoa.
Hope everyone is staying WARM — With a favorite SOUP!!